Lenore Skomal rises to the level of found poetry. She is a first-rank novelist...though still not widely known. You'll enjoy getting in on the start of her career in advance of the parade.
SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
It’s the summer of ’54 in the sleepy midwestern town of Sand Flats, Nebraska. Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow–a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist. There they discover that best friends can help them escape the adult world that threatens to steal their innocence.
Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is.
The play jumps around in time and space to develop some of the most interesting characters.... Credit this to the magical combination of a wonderful script, tight, well-constructed and blocked direction.
LOCAL THEATRE NEW YORK
Adapted from the bestselling book of the same title, BLUFF takes its audience on a journey into the world of Jude Black, a coma victim who can hear and understand everything that unfolds around her. In this briskly moving drama, the lives of six people change forever.
If Neil Simon and Noel Coward could have written a play together, this would be it. In this bromantic dramedy, Richard and Dick, both former husbands to the same woman, became best friends when Mavis abruptly abandoned Richard for yet another man.
With Lenore at the helm as Festival Director and Founder, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival is reclaiming the theatre festival experience. By working closely with these writers in producing their plays, our end focus is to give our audience a complete New York Theater experience at an affordable price.
Every year great work in the making as we help prepare them for a bigger stage, with a goal of becoming a launching pad for regional, Off Broadway and Broadway transfers. Thousands enjoy our curated selection of exceptional new works in this community-building, joyous celebration of staged theatre.
We're overjoyed to announce that Lenore's first book, the biography of famous lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis is embarking on its journey to the silver screen.
That's right! Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter has been optioned by Producer/Director Nico Raineau at Los Angeles-based Amfran Entertainment. For more information, check out www.NicoRaineau.com. And stay tuned for exciting updates as the project goes from page to screen in the months ahead. And if you haven't read the book, click here.
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Winner of multiple awards for literature, biography and humor, Lenore Skomal’s catalogue spans many genres. Known for her poetic and moving literary style, as well as acerbic wit, her standout writing style has been critically acclaimed. With over 30 years of professional writing experience as a journalist, columnist, author and playwright, and 17 books published to date, she’s a versatile writer.
As a journalist, Lenore won numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards for humor column--an anthology of which entitled BURNT TOAST won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award and was honored as best in humor category of the Indie Excellence Awards. Her novel, THIRD WILLOW, won honorable mention in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award for young adult fiction. Her first novel, BLUFF finished as top finalist in literary fiction category of the International Book Awards 2012.
Past honors include winning the prestigious New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, Whidbey
Island Writer's Conference honorable mention for best fiction, placed in the top 100 of the International Writer's Digest Annual Fiction Contest. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.
She's also a member of the Dramatists Guild, graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute in NYC, member of the National Association of Newspaper Columnists, Society of Professional Journalists, Theater Resources Unlimited, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Communications Group and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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It’s a dark story about a dark world, but Skomal makes the story readable and lovely via her prose...Skomal has created a world that couldn’t take place anywhere else. A haunting reminder about the loss of innocence.
Read the book! As an adult I was reminded of the differences between the social mores of the 50s compared to today’s society.
I highly recommend this book for middle school and older. This is one you won’t want to miss. WOW! This book blew me away.
The power of friendship and the perseverance of youth remain the focus throughout the intense and riveting story and makes the reader long for an escape from reality where freedom and friendship reign supreme.
Who would have thought that a coma could provide a new lease on life?...(Playwright) Lenore Skomal ... guide(s) us through Jude’s journey with aplomb and delicacy. Though the play deals with heavy drama, Skomal’s script (which she adapted from her own novel) is infused with a sardonic humor.
NEW YORK THEATER REVIEW